Martelo and Mo, Ottoman Tray in Walnut, 60 x 45cm

What is an ottoman/footstool tray?

An ottoman tray is a home accessory item designed to be placed on top of an ottoman. It typically has a larger surface area than a standard tray and may feature handles or raised edges to make it easier to carry and use.

Ottoman trays are often made of wood but can also be made of other materials such as metal, leather, or plastic. They provide a stable surface for serving drinks, snacks, or other items and can be used as decorative accents.

What can I use your tray for?

Serving drinks and snacks

Ottoman trays provide a flat and stable surface for serving guests drinks and snacks without worrying about spills or stains on the ottoman.

Displaying decorative items

Ottoman trays can be used as a decorative accent piece, allowing you to display decorative items such as candles, flowers, or books.

Organising items

Ottomans trays can help you keep items organised, such as remote controls, magazines, or other small items that would otherwise clutter up the ottoman.

Oak Serving Tray by Martelo and Mo

Enhancing the aesthetic appeal

Ottoman trays come in various styles and materials, making them a great way to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your living space.

Planning your project

Our trays are perfect for Interior Design mood board scheming and are a great background for presenting your project to your clients.

Interior Design Mood Board by Yael Plainhjem

Interior Design Mood Board by Yael Plainhjem

How do I choose the right size tray for my ottoman?

Measure the width and length of your ottoman. This will help you determine the maximum size of the tray that will fit comfortably on top of the ottoman.

Make sure the height of the tray is just enough for your ottoman. You want to ensure the tray is stable and won't tip over if someone accidentally bumps into it.

Think about the purpose of the tray. If you plan to use the tray for serving drinks and snacks, you may choose a larger tray to accommodate more items. A smaller tray may be sufficient if you plan to use the tray for decorative purposes only.

Consider the style of the tray, and choose a tray that matches the style and decor of your living space. For example, a sleek and minimalist tray may be a good choice for a modern living room.

Drawing credit - ottoman vs tray size diagram by Kate Pickford, House by Kate

Drawing credit - ottoman vs tray size diagram by Kate Pickford, House by Kate.

How do I care for my wooden tray?

Clean the tray regularly

Use a soft, slightly damp cloth to wipe down the tray's surface regularly, removing any accumulated dust or dirt. Avoid harsh cleaning chemicals or abrasive materials that could scratch or damage the wood.

We recommend using Osmo Spray Cleaner to clean your furniture and accessories, which simultaneously cleans the surfaces and nourishes the wood.

Dry the tray thoroughly

After cleaning the tray, dry it thoroughly with a clean, dry cloth. Avoid leaving the tray wet, as this can cause the wood to rise, warp or crack.

Condition the wood

To keep the wood from drying out and becoming brittle over time, consider using Osmo Maintenance Oil, which will revive dull or matt surfaces without sanding or renovation work. Then, apply the oil with a lint cloth and let it soak in for a few minutes before wiping away any excess.

Protect the tray from heat and moisture

Avoid placing hot or wet items directly on the tray to prevent damage to the wood. Use coasters or trivets to protect the tray's surface from heat and moisture.

Store the tray properly

When not in use, store the tray in a dry, cool place away from direct sunlight to prevent discolouration, warping and wood cracking.

Will the Osmo wax-oil finish stain or transfer from my wooden tray onto the fabric of my ottoman?

Osmo wax-oil finish is designed to be durable and long-lasting for wood surfaces, including our wooden trays. We ensure that the finish is applied correctly and cured before dispatching your order, ensuring that it will not stain or transfer onto the fabric of your footstool.

Can I have my ottoman tray personalised with a name or design?

Yes, we can customise your wooden ottoman tray to your needs and preferences. For example, we can offer custom dimensions and finishes to suit your needs.

We don't currently offer to engrave or carving specific of specific designs or text into the tray. 

If you want to customise one of our wooden trays, please get in touch with us directly for available options and pricing.

What is the weight capacity of your ottoman tray?

The weight capacity of a wooden ottoman tray can vary depending on a few factors, including the tray's size and the wood's thickness. In addition, our wooden trays should support the weight of items you might place on them, such as drinks, snacks, and decorative objects.

However, it's important to note that a wooden ottoman tray is not designed to support the weight of heavy objects or to be used as a stepping stool or seat. So, if you plan to use the tray for heavier items, such as books or electronic devices, it's a good idea to contact us and discuss your project to ensure it can safely support the intended weight.

Overall, it's best to use your judgment and avoid overloading the tray with heavy items to ensure that it remains functional and in good condition over time.

How do I style my footstool tray for a specific occasion or season?

Styling your wooden ottoman tray is a fun and creative way to add a personal touch to your home decor for different occasions or seasons. Here are some tips for styling your wooden ottoman tray:

Choose a colour scheme

Select a colour scheme that complements the occasion or season. For example, use bright and bold colours for summer, warm and cosy tones for winter, and pastel shades for spring.

Add a centrepiece

You can choose a statement piece to be the centrepiece of your tray. It could be a vase of flowers, a candle, a decorative bowl, or a seasonal item like a pumpkin or pinecone.

Layer accessories

Add layers of accessories around the centrepiece to create depth and interest. Use books, coasters, small plants, or seasonal decor pieces.

Play with textures

Add texture to your tray by incorporating woven baskets, glassware, and natural elements like stones or shells.

Mix and match patterns

Add interest to your tray by mixing and matching patterns and textures. For example, combine a striped coaster with a floral patterned candle holder.

Consider the occasion or season

For specific occasions or seasons, incorporate items appropriate for the event. For example, use red, white, and blue decor for a Fourth of July party, or add evergreen branches for a Christmas theme.


Are wooden trays durable enough for everyday use?

Hardwoods like oak, maple, and walnut are generally more durable and can withstand wear and tear better than softer woods like pine or birch. The thickness and construction of the tray can also affect its durability. Thicker trays with reinforced corners and edges will be more resistant to warping or cracking over time.

Proper care and maintenance of your wooden tray will also help to ensure its durability. Avoid exposing the tray to moisture, extreme temperatures, or direct sunlight. Wipe up spills promptly and avoid using harsh chemical cleaners that can damage the finish. Additionally, regularly nourish the wood with Osmo Maintenance Oil to help protect the wood and keep it looking its best over time.